Lieutenant William J. Martin

Lieutenant William J. Martin

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, September 6, 1922

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William J. Martin

Lieutenant William Martin was shot and killed, and another officer with him was wounded during a gun battle with three men they were pursuing in a stolen automobile.

Lieutenant Martin's partner shot and killed one suspect, and the other two were apprehended.

It was discovered the trio were wanted in Kansas for the murder of three police officers: Patrolman C. Leroy Damron, of the Bonner Springs Police Department, shot and killed on August 23, 1922, and Sergeant Elmer C. Biggs and Patrolman Fred C. Wheeler, of the Kansas City Police Department, shot and killed September 1, 1922.

Both suspects, ages 24 and 25, were convicted of Lieutenant Martin's murder and sentenced to life. On November 27, 1940, Governor John W. Bricker commuted the conviction of one suspect from first-degree murder to second-degree murder so he could apply for parole.

Lieutenant Martin had served with the Toledo Police Department for 22 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

stolen vehicle, vehicle pursuit

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Lieutenant William Martin of the Toledo Police Department, Ohio and the additional 62 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

September 6, 2023

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